A Beginner’s Guide: Traveling to Africa

Dreaming of setting sail on your ultimate journey and escaping the rigors of urban life is something that only becomes reality if you’re able to make sacrifices in your day-to-day life. Having the ability to meticulously plan for such a trip can be the difference between actually living your dream or it merely being a pipe dream.

Whether you’re a single traveler or traveling with a multitude of people, the likelihood is such a life-changing experience to witness the gorillas in the midst, going on safari, or seeing the Golden Monkeys of Central Africa first hand, will cost a significant amount. And only through saving vast amounts of money will you be able to make a trip such as this reality.

Luckily, with the vast amount of people now traveling to Africa to witness such amazing creatures as our beloved apes come with useful blogs such as our own Lifted Gorilla that helps provide newbie travelers with a vast array of useful information to source when planning for a trip of a lifetime.

Here are some of the tips that you should consider when planning your trip to Africa.

Research what injections you’ll need

The current health situation in Africa has been well documented by the world’s media, so you must ensure that you have had all the correct vaccinations before you leave your destination to travel to Africa. There are a plethora of resources available to find out which vaccinations you should be having but websites such as GoAfrica will provide you with the recommended injections you’ll need from your doctor before departure.

Pack a suitable camera
It might seem a little trivial but having your camera and sufficient battery replacements on your long treks will help you capture all the best moments on the photo that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Don’t fall foul of failing to take a good camera with you on trips, and definitely don’t rely on devices with poor quality batteries such as the iPhone models.

Travel Insurance
Like many third-world continents, when traveling to Africa, it’s imperative that you have full travel insurance that will cover all of your belongings in case of theft. The likelihood is that you will be staying in very secure resorts but the dangers don’t just lie at the resorts. Misplaced baggage at airports is also still a probable possibility, so make sure to insure your belongings for the entire duration of your traveling.

Avoid budget airlines
Although budget travel is something that we all try to take advantage of, it’s not always all it’s made out to be. Parking4Less, a UK-based company, blogged in 2013 that a well-known budget airline decreased its baggage allowance by 37% without telling customers to try and increase profit margins. Budget airlines have been well documented for trying to increase their meager profit margins, so if you’re using internal airlines throughout your traveling of Africa, make sure to always check the small print.

It’s also worth taking notice of the baggage allowances of all the budget airlines if you do wish to use internal flights in Africa. Just like the aforementioned European-based budget airlines, African carriers may also have some obscure hidden travel charges.

Pack the bare necessities
Regardless of however long you are traveling, it’s best to travel as light as possible. You’re likely to be lugging your backpack around frequently so make sure you have a couple of changes of clothes, and due to the climate, the majority should be lightweight.

Hopefully, some of these tips will come in handy when you venture out on your dream journey. Feel free to leave some of the tips you have learned below. And we hope you enjoy your trip to Africa.